Rights

We all have rights, but it can be hard to stand up for them if we don’t know what they are. Do we have the right to information about sex? Do people have to ask before they touch us? Do doctors have to keep our conversations with them private? Do two people have the right to date if they both say yes but a family member or staff disagrees with their decision? Do people have the right to have children if they want them? Can someone tell us we’re not allowed to be gay? What if someone wants to date us but we’re not sure how we feel about them? Who can we ask about this stuff?

Let’s have a conversation!

Videos

What is Confidentiality?

If someone is talking about our care plan, or our medical records, they may tell us that the information is ‘confidential’. But what does ‘confidential’ mean? If we went to a clinic to talk to a doctor or nurse, would that conversation be confidential?

Resources

1-800-SEX-SENSE Line

FREE, anonymous telephone and email hotline where you can ask any question about sex. Staffed by medical professionals and sexual health educators. 9am to 9pm weekdays. Not seeing what you need on the Real Talk site? Call Sex Sense. They’ll help you find it.

1-800-739-7367

Options For Sexual Health

British Columbia’s largest sexual health nonprofit with information & education from a feminist, pro-choice, sex positive perspective. Also operates clinics with sexual and reproductive health care like contraception, sti & pregnancy testing etc..

Scarleteen

Sexuality and relationships info for teens and emerging adults. Articles on all aspects of sexuality, dating, love, relationships, communication, contraception etc.

Youth Clinics

Friendly spaces with free contraception & free emergency contraception, free STI testing & treatment, free pregnancy testing, and general sexual health info. Serving up to age 21 or age 24 depending on the clinic.

Pharmacare & Contraception

Did you know? If you receive disability benefits in British Columbia, you’re usually eligible for a free hormonal IUD (which just happens to be the most effective contraception available on earth right now).

On the Loose

A resource for folks living on their own for the first time, with lots of information on avoiding pitfalls – whether online or in real life. Includes info about online dating, online porn, and avoiding scams.

VictimLink BC

Free, confidential support for victims of crimes across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1-800-563-0808 (Call or text)

VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca

Is That Legal?

A PDF plain-language resource about online sexual harassment and your legal rights.

Women Against Violence Against Women

Support for women, trans, two-spirit, and nonbinary folks who have experienced violence.

Free 24-Hour Crisis and Information Line:

604-255-6344

1-877-392-7583

British Columbia Association for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA)

A non-profit society established to provide therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.

Tel. (604) 682-6482

therapy@bc-malesurvivors.com

Chronically Queer

A place where LGBTQIA2S+ identified people living with chronic health conditions and/or disabilities can  share what is happening in their lives.

Meetings 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month.

Link for all online meetings: https://zoom.us/j/4823554390

(All upcoming meetings are online until further notice.)

 

abOUT Group

abOUT is a friendship & support group for LGBTQIA2S+ folks labelled with intellectual disabilities. They operate a Facebook page and have occasional events.

Qmunity

A non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. Hosts social, support & advocacy groups. (NB. Some folks have noted physical access barriers at Qmunity sites. Please contact them to confirm whether your access needs can be met.)

The Health Initiative for Men

A local non-profit society for gay, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit and queer (GBT2Q) men. Supporting sexual, mental, and social health. Monthly events.

Transcare BC

Care, surgical planning, and peer and community support for trans people across the province.

News

Teen Vogue Article on the Importance of Sex Education for Students With Disabilities

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Teen Vogue has been doing some great politically & socially focused journalism lately. This story covers the importance of Sex Education, and why it’s essential not to exclude students with […]

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